The “Degraded” Tapia Woodlands of Highland Madagascar: Rural Economy, Fire Ecology, and Forest Conservation

@article{Kull2002TheT,
  title={The “Degraded” Tapia Woodlands of Highland Madagascar: Rural Economy, Fire Ecology, and Forest Conservation},
  author={Christian A. Kull},
  journal={Journal of Cultural Geography},
  year={2002},
  volume={19},
  pages={128 - 95}
}
Madagascar is well known for deforestation. However, highland “tapia” (Uapaca bojeri) woodlands may present a counterexample of indigenous management leading to woodland conservation. Contrary to common wisdom that these woodlands are degraded, tapia woodland extent and composition have seen little change this century. Tapia woodlands harbor many benefits, including wild silkworms (whose cocoons have been harvested for centuries to weave expensive burial shrouds), fruit, fuelwood, mushrooms… Expand
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